Local Food Resource Hubs
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Local Food Resource Hubs?
The Local Food Resource Hubs are neighborhood networks of gardeners. The Hubs program is intended to provide home gardeners and community gardeners the support they need to grow, preserve, cook and compost their own fresh produce by offering supplies, educational opportunities, and community connections in their neighborhood.
How does this program work?
Residents of Minneapolis and St. Paul can join the Local Food Resource Hubs and select a small, medium, or large garden package- prices vary by size and partial scholarships are available. It’s basically a bulk buying club; packages are available at a fraction of their retail price. Members pick up their seeds and plants at distribution events held across Minneapolis and St. Paul, which are run by Gardening Matters, Hub members, and countless neighborhood partners and volunteers. Contact us if you or your group can volunteer for the seed and plant distributions.
How is the Hubs Network organized?
The Hubs program brings together neighbors around gardening, so members are encouraged to get involved locally. Each neighborhood Hub area may have different local components and projects, based on each community’s interests and energies. After the growing season, Gardening Matters and local leaders organize fall gatherings, inviting all members to get together to mingle and offer feedback for the program.
What's the big picture?
It's about healthy food access, re-skilling, building community power. The Hubs program is meant to foster community development, using gardening as the tool. Once people are connected to their neighbors through gardening, they are more willing to share resources, collaborate, and make change in their community related to food, health, and gardening. The Hubs program builds up neighborhood networks, which are necessary in order to rebuild a community-based food system.
Where can I find a place to garden?
Gardening Matters can connect individuals with community gardens. Yards 2 Gardens also maintains a database of available yards on their website: http://www.y2g.org/.
How is the Hubs Network supported?
The key to the Hubs Network is an engaged membership, working together to build a strong community. When people volunteer and share their talents, the entire network becomes stronger. Anyone can support the Hubs with donated time, skills, supplies, and/or financial support by contacting us. Many neigbhorhood and organizational partnerships help make the Hubs work; local leaders in each Hub area are always looking for members to get involved- contact us and we will connect you!
Can I join if I don’t need seeds and seedlings?
Yes! Even if you don’t need seeds and seedlings, you can still become a member and attend events, lead or participate in skill-shares, volunteer, and share resources with your neighbors.
The Local Food Resource Hubs are coordinated by Gardening Matters and supported in part by the McKneely, McKnight, and Nash Foundations; the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support through the Statewide Health Improvement Program; Homegrown Minneapolis; Afro-Eco; CAPI; Waite House; Minneapolis American Indian Center; Hope Community; the Northside Fresh Coalition; St. Olaf Community Campus; the Ventura Village, Northeast Park, and Columbia Park neighborhood associations; Corcoran Neighborhood Organization; Southeast Como Neighborhood Improvement Association; Hamline-Midway Coalition; Saint Anthony Park Community Council; East Side Food Co-op; Mississippi Market; East Side Prosperity Campaign; Healthy West 7th Coalition; Growing West Side; and many, many more neighborhood partners.